A visit to Alabama for the first look at the 2016 Crimson Tide Friday exceeded the expectations for Stockbridge (Ga.) Woodland cornerback Yusuf Corker in many ways, most notably regarding the offer news he received while in town.
"I found out after practice and everything. When we were about to leave, Derrick Ansley, the defensive backs coach, came and wanted to talk to us in his office. We stayed an extra hour and talked to him and he told why they liked me and more about Alabama," he said. "He likes my size and said Nick Saban likes long arm, big-hand cornerbacks with height. I show length and sped and ball skills on film, that's what they liked.
"I didn't expect to get offered, I thought I would see the practice and they would tell me to come to camps and everything. It means I want to work harder now. They just won the national championship, they're the number one team in the country, so I want to prove that I'm as good as they say I am, or better."
A three-star on Scout, Corker admits the UA extension shakes up his recruitment at this point of the process.
"Since I got Alabama, I've really go to rearrange my top five and top 10, but I don't know yet," he said. "Alabama will make the cut. They're the number one team in the country, we saw practice, I talked to the coaches and the players and it was a good environment to be around."
During the day, he was able to take more of a focus on the cornerback group.
"All the corners really impressed me, they made some mistakes but they corrected themselves and helped each other out," Corker said. "They were playing bail-man, press-man and fire zone one, something like that. They were all helping each other and learning from each other.
"Number 26 (Marlon Humphrey) and number 29 (Minkah Fitzpatrick) impressed. 26, you could tell he has been in the program a little bit longer, he knew what he was doing. And number 44 (Levi Wallace), he's not a big cornerback but he has real good technique and he had two picks."
Citing good conversation with defensive coordinator and others while in town as well, a return to Tuscaloosa is on deck for the summer camp season. South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Duke will also host Corker for workouts before a decision.
Comfort, education, relationship with the coaches and players, living situation and the head coach will play as primary factors for the rising-senior's impending decision.